It was a unanimous vote of the New Mexico Association of Counties executive board to intervene in the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico on behalf of same-sex couples in Bernalillo County.
Judge Alan Malott, who issued the ruling that paved the way for same-sex marriage in Bernalillo County, signed off on the clerks’ Intervenor status this afternoon.
It is just the latest in a long line of same-sex marriage news in the state over the past week.
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“We believe that the county clerks intervening in our lawsuit puts New Mexico on an expedited path towards a statewide marriage solution which would provide more certainty for the same-sex couples who married in our state,” ACLU-NM executive director Peter Simonson said in a statement. “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will agree with the lower court decision which held that denying marriage to committed, loving same-sex couples is unconstitutional.”
Simonson told NM Telegram in a short interview yesterday that one of the problems in getting this case to the next level, the appellate level, was finding an entity that could intervene.
This paves the way for the case to take its next step — on to the state Court of Appeals. After that court makes its ruling, it will move on to the state Supreme Court.
A group of Republican legislators, led by Farmington’s William Sharer, have said they would try to stop same-sex marriage from happening, but they have not yet done so.